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Happy Book Birthday to LUNAV!

A massive nerd (me!) cradling a copy of LUNAV like it’s a newborn baby. Because it was!

A massive nerd (me!) cradling a copy of LUNAV like it’s a newborn baby. Because it was!

My smol lesbian enemies-to-lovers fairie tale bby came out (punnnnn) one year ago today.

If you’re a young queer aspiring author and you think you’ll never get to hold your book baby in your favorite bookstore for your book launch party, I promise you: keep at it and you will.

The world needs your words!

Keep writing, and keep being you <3 

A very excited, mid-word-speaking enby, about to sign a copy of LUNAV, about to gesture at someone with a dragon-shaped pen.

A very excited, mid-word-speaking enby, about to sign a copy of LUNAV, about to gesture at someone with a dragon-shaped pen.

^^ Even if being you means being this much of an absolute dork.

Book Tour, LUNAV High School AU, and Life... Happening

I've been overwhelmed by so much in the past month.

From my book tour -- which I will write about, but have yet to fully process (spoiler: it was a delightful whirlwind and resulted in huge and exciting life decisions) -- to life... just... happening... it's been nonstop.

The sensation of being swept along, as my mom says, 'by the seat of my pants', is constant and intense, these days. But I'm getting a grasp on it. I'm getting to love it. 

Because I met incredible people last month; I did things I never thought I could do, emotionally, physically. I've endured the kind of grief I haven't had to feel in years, and I've been trying to live up to the word I have permanently inked on my forearm.

I'm going to get another tattoo, soon. Because life, sometimes, can use some markers along the way; for a sense of stability, joy, remembrance. For mourning and hope.

And something that's been buoying me, even as I scrape my way back to a steady routine? (Something, that is, aside from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and old episodes of Grey's Anatomy?)

Fan art of LUNAV. 

I can't even believe it's out there, in the world. The book, and the beautiful pieces that incredible artists are bringing into the world to go with it?

Wow. 

It's still surreal saying it, so I'll try it again:

There's starting to be LUNAV fan art out there in the world -- much of it by the wonderful solaert, whose delightful depictions of Evelyn and Sadie are available on all kinds of merch through redbubble (LUNAV sweaters and tanks, anyone?) -- and I have to say, I'm overwhelmed.

I'm especially overwhelmed, this week, by a beautiful piece of high school AU art by the brilliant cassiebones (whom, I know, is available for commissions!!!). 

LUNAV high school AU fan art, by cassiebones on tumblr. Sadie stands with one hand in her jeans pocket, with a rainbow pin on her red, open button down. Her other hand is on the strap of her backpack, and she says to Osley, "I'm telling you, Os: this is the year I'm gonna be a Total Babe Magnet(TM)." Osley -- wearing a green shirt that says Save the Forest, a brown messenger bag with a genderqueer flag patch on it, and a gray beanie with rabbit ears hanging down over queer orange-blonde hair -- looks up at Sadie with a patient grin and signs, "ok."

LUNAV high school AU fan art, by cassiebones on tumblr. Sadie stands with one hand in her jeans pocket, with a rainbow pin on her red, open button down. Her other hand is on the strap of her backpack, and she says to Osley, "I'm telling you, Os: this is the year I'm gonna be a Total Babe Magnet(TM)." Osley -- wearing a green shirt that says Save the Forest, a brown messenger bag with a genderqueer flag patch on it, and a gray beanie with rabbit ears hanging down over queer orange-blonde hair -- looks up at Sadie with a patient grin and signs, "ok."

Like I said on my Instagram, Cassie has an uncanny knack for capturing Sadie's Utter Gayness™ and Osley's quiet patience for her shenanigans.

And what a way to bring Osley -- a rabbit in LUNAV -- into human form! Que (genderqueer pronouns like they/them!) is speaking in ASL to honor the fact that que communicates nonverbally as a rabbit. I absolutely love that: I think that kind of creativity and earnesty with representation (especially in visual art) is so gorgeous, and I'm tremendously grateful to Cassie for that. And, by the way, Osley's shirt says "save the forest." 

Because of course it does ;)

I'll write more, later, about things I've learned on tour, and I'll get back into the swing of writing tips and youtube posts.

But for now?

I'm leg pressing 728 pounds and I'm letting myself ease back into the rigor of the writing part of the writing world. It's a rigor that I love, that I miss; and that I'll be fully immersed in again very, very soon.

And I'm enjoying the heck out of LUNAV fan art.

 

My Launch Event is Finally Here!!!

On Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, we will have a literary celebration – complete with snacks and drinks (and, I’ve been told, some glitter!) – at Books of Wonder in NYC, the same children’s bookstore where I proposed to my lovely fiancée!

LUNAV cover: two young Black women's faces (the boyish woman looking down and away, Sadie, is on the left; the femmey woman looking directly at the viewer, Evelyn, is on the right) are studded with stars, just above the title (LUNAV) and author's name (Jenn Polish), with stars also glowing all around a dragon tree named Jorbam.

LUNAV cover: two young Black women's faces (the boyish woman looking down and away, Sadie, is on the left; the femmey woman looking directly at the viewer, Evelyn, is on the right) are studded with stars, just above the title (LUNAV) and author's name (Jenn Polish), with stars also glowing all around a dragon tree named Jorbam.

I will be in conversation with my favorite writer and friend Marcos S. Gonsalez, who’s represented by Lauren Abramo, VP of Dystel, Goderich & Bourret literary agency.

Come for the conversation (and noms) and leave as the first people to read LUNAV: it doesn’t come out until March 26th, so those in attendance will be the first to crack open the pages of Sadie’s dragon-filled world!

Another bonus: with every purchase of LUNAV, attendees will receive a free digital copy of LOST BOY, FOUND BOY, my queer sci-fi retelling of Peter Pan!

LOST BOY, FOUND BOY cover: a pixelated ocean with a green island in the background; a matrix projects through the cloudy sky.

LOST BOY, FOUND BOY cover: a pixelated ocean with a green island in the background; a matrix projects through the cloudy sky.

For those of you in NYC, the details are as follows:

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Books of Wonder (@booksofwonder) 18 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Free snacks and drinks available! 

For those of you who aren’t around the city, you can pre-order LUNAV and LOST BOY, FOUND BOY right now!

Either way, I’ll meet you in Lunav, in Neverland; somewhere in the pages!